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Van Persie's metatarsal woe
22 Jan 2007 - 07:46:14
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie faces a spell on the sidelines after breaking the fifth metatarsal in his right foot.
The Dutchman picked up the injury when he scored the Gunners' equaliser as Arsene Wenger's side came from behind to beat Manchester United 2-1 on Sunday.
An X-ray after the match confirmed the bad news, with Wenger saying: "We have a big worry with Robin van Persie on his ankle.
"It's a completely different injury (sustained) when he celebrated the goal."
Of the win, Wenger added: "I thought Manchester United played very well and, with ten minutes to go, they looked like they'd become champions, but I think in the final 20 minutes they changed their game and tried to defend their lead and that worked against them.
"I must say I feel very pleased to see my team come from 1-0 down to win 2-1 against the leaders of the league. That will be very good for us for the games coming up and for our morale.
"My team are emerging to be a group of hungry young lions who are now very well led by Thierry Henry.
"I was very pleased with the goals too. The first one was good because Tomas Rosicky and Cesc Fabregas fought like mad to win the ball on the right flank and then, when the ball came over, Robin van Persie made an excellent run from deep to claim a special goal.
"And then the second goal was good because of the cross from Eboue which Thierry headed home brilliantly."